Mesmerizing Timelapse Shows Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Mesmerizing Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Credit: Gemini Observatory

The Kilauea Volcano erupted in Hawaii over two weeks ago and continues to be active. The eruption is a display of the sheer force of nature and though it has been difficult for people to deal with, especially those affected by the eruption, videos are showing just how fascinating nature can be.

Recently, the wide-angle camera at the Gemini North telescope, normally used to monitor atmospheric conditions, has been focused on the eruption. From its footage, this 45-second-long timelapse was created.

The vantage point is from Mauna Kea, a dormant Big Island volcano that is located 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Mount Kilauea.

The infrared filter was removed from the camera, adding a white-blue hue to the volcanic glow instead of the expected red one cause by the lava.

The video shows the lava glow emanating from Kilauea during the night of May 21st to the 22nd. At that time, the lava was escaping through multiple fissures near the Leilani Estates. It proceeded to flow into the ocean, spewing toxic steam upwards into the stratosphere.

The video follows the entire event and it is both terrifying and captivating to watch.

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